Last rare rhinoceros in Vietnam killed by poacher, group says
The killing of the last Javan rhinoceros means the population is gone forever from Vietnam, according to the World Wildlife Fund.
October 25th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Last rare rhinoceros in Vietnam killed by poacher, group says

Vietnam's rare Javan rhinoceros was declared extinct in that area after poachers killed the last remaining animal in the country for its horns, the World Wildlife Fund said.

“Vietnam must see this loss as another warning sign of its looming wave of species extinctions,” Dr. Barney Long, WWF’s Asian species expert, said in a statement. “The single most important action that is needed to save remaining threatened species like tigers and elephants is protection.”

The country had been struggling to keep the population alive amid widespread poaching that the WWF said was the cause of many Asian rhino species being brought to the "brink of extinction."

The WWF said people in certain parts of Asia believe the horns, when ground down and dissolved in boiling water, help treat typhoid fever or even cancer, the WWF said, noting that there has been no scientific proof of that.

The group said trying to bring the species back into the area won't work.

“Reintroduction of the rhinoceros to Vietnam is not economically or practically feasible," WWF’s Asian Elephant and Rhino Program Coordinator Dr. Christy Williams said.  "It is gone from Vietnam forever."

So now, the Javan rhino only exists in one area in the world, according to the WWF.

The Javan rhinoceros is in danger of becoming extinct.

The group reported that there is one population of less than 50 animals in the Ujung Kulon National Park in Java, Indonesia. Now, workers will turn their attention there, working with anti-poaching patrols to hopefully keep the species from going extinct.

“For the Javan rhino, we now have to focus entirely on one site in Indonesia where strengthened protection is needed along with fast-tracking the proposed translocation and habitat management,” Long said.

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  1. Josh

    if we have to kill things, instead of endangered species why don't we kill fundamentalists? Islam, Christianity, doesn't matter – same thing.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yankee Dave

      I Love it!

      October 25, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • umm no

      You could always lead by example and start with yourself.

      October 25, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tweedle

      Only fundamentalists or the ENTIRE religon? I gotta ask 'cause I know some incredibly religous people from both who are some of the most liberal people I've ever met. Gay rights, women's rights, alternative energy, the whole shebang. Great folks, too. Really seem to try and live the whole "love thy neighbor" thing.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rod

      Josh.... I blame your parents for failing in raising you. When you state in public that you would rather kill human babies than one four-legged "animal", you are a danger to society. One day, you will probably re-think your terrible statement and outlook on life in gerneral, but it will be too late. I do feel sorry for your mother and father. You have let them down. Why don't you start thinking about how to contribute to this great country rather than bashing others religious beliefs.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dennis

    They must be proud

    October 25, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john

    There is a difference between extirpated and extinct. The Javan rhinoceros has been extirpated from Vietnam, i.e., there are no more Javan rhinos in Vietnam, but there are individuals of this species in other areas. Extinct is a global extirpation – the species no longer exists anywhere. gone, baby, gone. All that said, this is certainly distressing.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oi

      IIn making your point, you forgot to add that there are not very many Javan Rhinos left indeed. Just a short hop from the remaining population in the world to extinction. Certainly can't say that about the human race, which is destroying the planet on a daily basis.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ugh

    that sucks. they should shoot poachers on sight.

    October 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tweedle

      They generally do. The problem is that, for every poacher shot or arrested (or shot AND arrested) there are three more out there in the underbrush with their guns and traps.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dot8

    Lets bring a few of these rhino's to the U.S. where they can be protected 24/7, like at the White House lawn.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Poacher hater 4 life

    Words can't describe my anger. Sometimes I wonder if some humans even belong here on Earth.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zaphod2011

      I am with you. Sometimes I think we really don't belong anywhere in the universe.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dot8

    Asians believe in everything else except animal and human rights.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. silly

    Of course, I feel angry at the poacher and the ground-poacher-bones jokes are funny, but..... you all do realize that animals go extinct CONSTANTLY with or without our help, right? And, the larger animals get almost all of the love and concern... so is that size-ism?

    October 25, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Virgin Isles

    Perhaps we should educate the Asians who believe rhino horn cures illness along with the Middle Easterners who believe rhino horn handled daggers are manly...rhino horn is basically keratin; the same substance that creates human fingernails and hair. They'd cure just as much and be just as manly if they chewed their own fingernails.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zaphod2011

    This backwards bunch should be handed prescriptions for Viagra!
    Too many culture BS destroying the animals on the planet. They are too stupid to understand that once these animals are gone where do they go for the hocus pocus?

    October 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alfredo

    Who are the primitive animals there? Who else, the poachers. Why can't they become extinct...

    October 25, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Poachers should be extinct? and yet before humans became what they are today, killing off animals and using either their horns, meat, fur, etc was a main source of survival hundreds-thousands of years ago..... I swear people like you are just a waste of life how did you ancestors even manage i wonder..... pathetic soul.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pablo

      Chris, you're a dolt.

      October 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Pablo, you're a twit.
      Since my argument is only nearly as vacuous as yours, I win!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey

      alright! lets here it for people, killing and destroying whatever we feel like it for money!!!!!

      October 25, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      chris, you are a pudwhacker. You do know that untill like the 1600's here in america, when a peoples hunted, they used everything, not a horn and leave the rest to rot and waste. the American slaughter of the buffalo was the beginning, but we continue the tridition of slaughtering what we do not need.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  12. larvadog

    With the way we treat other species, we humans really don't deserve to live on this planet.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • stagger72

      I agree. You leave first and we'll follow. Promise...

      October 25, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Hippie just stop please.... Humans are Predators.... as predators we do what we think is best for our survival... just like how lions and tigers kill to survive for themselves as well....go watch the lion king if you don't understand.... just because we are human does not mean we have a boundary from killing other animals when we think it is to ensure our survival... so go hump a tree and stop trying to act like your saving the world with your b.s hippie statement. Or better yet why don't you just go leave this world like Stagger suggested.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      Chris, humans are predators? really? because we are not. Just like most other primates, we are omnivoric SCAVANGERS. Our ansestors did not kill big game, we let lions do that, and we scared them and stole there kill. You need to read some books.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Niko

      Well, Chris, if by 'best for our survival' you mean "tracking down the last of an animal and removing a dense lump of keratin from the front of its skull to sell on the black market to support your career of tracking down and killing rare animals for specific body parts" then I suppose poachers are by virtue of their action ensuring their continued existence as predators. If they executing the rare common property of developing nations for short term financial gains, Poachers might go extinct within two generations!

      October 26, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. cony007

    Soon we will be extinct.

    October 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • God

      I've already set a plan into motion to eradicate my worse creation yet...Humans.

      October 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      God, man created you not the other way around. By the accounts of "your words" the earth is less then half the age of human civilazation, 10-12 THOUSAND years, not to mention the lascoux caves in france that have dates going back 75 thousand years.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kat C

    I don't get why people are throwing a fit about the killing babies problem. Just think about it trillions of babies; 50 rhinos. Does this match up to you? No. Your point now?

    October 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      all natural life (non-humans) are worth several million to one the lifes of humans. I had rather see 10 million thiests die then one single natural species.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  15. Antonio Velasquez Jr.

    Imbacils,dont you all reallize who the actual depleters of our precious global commodities are? IT is none other than extra terrestials, who cleverly manifest themselves into humans and who walk amonge us for no other puspose than to harvest even us peaple of the earth as their food for survival.They attempt to rob us blind of our technology while depicting themselves superior to other men. The very GODless subhuman synister species that have planted their insidious seed in the hearts,minds,andwombs of the simple and the unsuspecting of HOUR PLANET EARTH.Nevertheless,fear not;for the day in space and time gradually nears .

    October 25, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ura Tard

      You spelled "imbeciles" wrong, imbecile.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Dude, you are so right, there is an extraterrestrial living inside of my body right now! Your are a genius!

      October 25, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Ura tard, he also spelled our wrong, just saying.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • maria

      Among is also spelled wrong.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elizabeth

      Maria, you missed a few errors here - "it" should be "they"; and terrestials is terrestrials; and amonge is among; and puspose is purpose; and peaple is people; and synister is sinister; and there should be a space between "and wombs"; hour should be our; and there are some additional errors of spacing and punctuation.

      The point is, you had no problem reading Antonio's post, so lighten up, OK? Lively and courteous discussion does not require perfect punctuation and spelling. It requires open-mindedness and tolerance, as well as a little kindness and respect.

      October 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • duh

      Seriously, this dude has bigger problems than ignorance of the language.

      October 26, 2011 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
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